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Maternal alcohol use disorder and subsequent child protection contact: A record-linkage population cohort study

This study examined the relationship between a maternal alcohol use diagnosis, the timing of diagnosis, and child protection outcomes in Western Australia. Results showed children of women who were diagnosed were at increased risk of a substantiated child protection allegation and entry into out-of-home care. The highest risk of child protection contact was associated with diagnosis received during pregnancy, and in the years immediately pre- and post-pregnancy.

Authors: Hafekost K, Lawrence D, O’Leary C, Bower C, O’Donnell M, Semmens J, Zubrick SR.

Publication: Child Abuse and Neglect

Date: October 2017

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